ICC Champions Trophy to be displayed in seven Indian cities

Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in October and November in India, cricket’s world governing body will put the coveted trophy on display for fans in seven cities of the country.

During its demonstration over 15 days, fans will get chance to see what the top ten ODI teams will be playing for from Thursday in Mohali — venue for opening match of the tournament between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on October 7.

After Mohali, the 18-inch high trophy will move on to Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kolkata before finishing up in Bangalore on August 31. ICC President Percy Sonn said opportunity for the public to get to see the ICC Champions Trophy at close quarters was a great idea, as it would give them chance to get view of the trophy that is usually reserved for a select few, including the winning team. “It means that when those members of public then watch the tournament either at the venues or on TV they will know exactly what is at stake for all sides taking part,” he added.

The trophy has been designed and manufactured in London by Asprey, official Crown Jewellers, a company that also manufactured the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Test Championship Mace and the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. It is 18 inches (45.72 centimetres) high, is 5.5 inches (13.97 centimetres) at its widest point and weighs approximately eight kilograms (17.6 pounds).

Valuing about $20,000, it is crafted of solid silver and consists of a silver gilt cricket ball engraved with a world map. The ball is mounted on a trefoil of sterling silver curved panels that taper down to a lacquered wooden plinth while front panel is engraved with the tournament title and logo.

The tournament, the second biggest cricketing event after the ICC World Cup, will be played from October 7 to November 5. In all, 21 matches will be played at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mohali and Mumbai (Cricket Club of India). The final on November 5 will be at CCI.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on August 19th, 2006 with no comments.
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